Doncaster D-Day veteran returns to Normandy beaches 70 years on

D-Day veteran Frank Baugh. Picture: Marie Caley
D-Day veteran Frank Baugh. Picture: Marie Caley

When World War Two veteran Frank Baugh stands proudly alongside his colleagues on the sands of a French beach today, the horrific events he witnessed exactly 70 years earlier will come flooding back.

For today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the date which saw thousands of troops storm the Normandy beaches and finally turn the conflict in favour of the Allies.

On June 6, 1944, the biggest seaborne invasion in military history took place along the coastline of Northern France - and Mr Baugh, now 90, was just one of thousands who witnessed the untold carnage unfold before his eyes.

“All hell broke loose,” he said. “The sea was red with blood. I’ll never forget the things I saw that day.”

“Going back is always very emotional. I see the beaches and you see children paddling in the water and it makes me think of when the sea was red with blood, or people sunbathing in front of the armaments that are still there. In my mind I go back to D-Day and the things I saw – they will always be with me and it is important that we never forget them,” he added.

* The full version feature of Mr Baugh’s D-Day memories is published in this week’s Doncaster Free Press